15 August, 2013

Orthodox Western Saints for Today

Pre-Schism Saints of the Orthodox Roman Patriarchate*
15th August, (2nd Aug O.S.):

  • AUSPICIUS, (Date uncertain.) the first Bishop of Apt in France.
  • BETHARIUS, a bishop of Chartres who attended the Council of Sens. He reposed circa A.D. 623
  • BOETHARIUS, (Seventh Century ?) a bishop of Chartres.
  • ETHELDRITHA (ALFREDA), Daughter of King Offa of Mercia, who lived as an anchoress at Crowland in Lincolnshire after the murder of her betrothed, St. Ethelbert (20th May). St. Etheldritha reposed circa A.D. 835.
  • EUSEBIUS OF VERCELLI, bishop of Vercelli in Piedmont.  He fought Arianism and was exiled to the East.  He reposed in peace in Vercelli (A.D. 371), although he has been called a martyr on account of his sufferings. 
  • MAXIMUS OF PADUA, successor of St. Prosdocimus (7th November) as Bishop of Padua.  
  • PLEGMUND, the tutor of King Alfred and twentieth Archbishop of Canterbury.  He restored the Church in England after the Danish attacks and was a notable scholar, reposing A.D. 914.
  • RUTILIUS, born in North Africa. During the persecution of Decius he bravely confessed Christ and was martyred A.D. 250. 
  • SIDWELL (SATIVOLA), (Date uncertain.), a Briton from the West of England, who was beheaded as a martyr, probably by a scythe.
  • STEPHEN I, Pope of Rome.   Tradition says that he was beheaded during the celebration of the Eucharist in the catacombs, however, the earliest liturgical documents present him as a bishop and confessor. He reposed A.D. 257.

* - Prior to the Schism the Patriarchate of Rome was Orthodox and fully in communion with the Orthodox Church.   As Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco +1966 said "The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable Liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

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